Jason Dessen is an accomplished physicist who has fallen in love, had a child, and gotten married to the woman of his dreams. Because of this new life, he had to give up his research and relegate himself to a teaching position at a middle-tier college while his friend and colleague goes on and achieves high awards in the field of Physics. But coming back from one of his friend's parties to celebrate his last award, Jason is kidnapped, beaten, and asked "Are you happy with your life?" as his entire world is forever changed.
In typical Blake Crouch fashion, the less you know, the better the story. Crouch's recent breakout success with the Wayward Pines trilogy followed this same formula and he pulled it off perfectly. The same phenomenon happens here.
While reading this novel, I literally could not turn the pages fast enough. Well written with multiple plot twists and empathetic characters, this book is sure to win awards this year and for good reason. The only drawback is in the middle of the book, while Crouch is setting up the big premise, it can get a little confusing. But as with most things in life, if the reader puts in the work to understand what Crouch lays out, the payoff is huge.
The great thing about this book is that I finished it last night laying in bed and upon awakening this morning, several other things clicked in my head that made this book that much more sweet. Crouch really excels at covering each potential plot hole (and in a book this involved, there could be plenty) which shows that he is truly becoming one of the great authors of our time. It surprises me that Crouch, with the success of the Wayward Pines series, would swing for something this big and bold, in what is truly an all-or-nothing topic. But swing he does, and he truly hits a home run on this one.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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